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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin did something good on Friday and then two things that are really bad.

The good news is that Fallin, a Republican, vetoed a bill backed by the National Rifle Association that would have authorized adults to carry firearms without a permit or training, as CBS News reported.

The bad news is that she also signed SB 1140, a religiousā€“based adoption law that the ACLU of Oklahoma has called ā€œdiscriminatory, anti-family, anti-children, and anti-First Amendment.ā€

Fallin also signed a bill that will allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed on public property.

According to a statement released by the governor, SB 1140 mandates that ā€œno private child-placing agency shall be required to perform, assist, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer, or participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the proposed placement would violate the agencyā€™s written religious or moral convictions or policies.ā€


Critics say the law discriminates against LGBTQ and nonā€“Christian parents, and they have vowed to sue to reverse the legislation.

ā€œIā€™m extremely disappointed that our state has decided to fund discrimination in our foster care and adoption agencies. I am confident that Oklahoma will now be subject to expensive and unnecessary litigation and heartache for LGBTQ families,ā€ Josh Stickney, an administrative associate at Equality Federation and an adoptee, said in a statement. ā€œFurthermore, I call on the people of Oklahoma to elect leaders who have the true Oklahoma Standard at heart rather than this kind of bigotry and hatred toward their fellow Oklahomans.ā€

The ACLU of Oklahoma added: ā€œThis measure serves no legitimate policy purpose. Its only purpose is to shortsightedly advance the careers of politicians who are more interested in exploiting a culture of fear and hysteria than they are in effectively governing.ā€


Fallin claims the new law, which was passed mostly along partyā€“line votes, will not restrict LGBTQ individuals and couples from fostering or adopting. ā€œInstead, the bill will help continue Oklahomaā€™s successful placement of children with a broad array of loving families and basically maintain the status quo by setting forth in statute practices which have successfully worked for the best interest of Oklahoma children,ā€ she said.

But the billā€™s author, Republican Sen. Greg Treat, had claimed it was necessary to protect faithā€“based agencies that refuse to place children in LGBTQ homes from antiā€“discrimination lawsuits, according to CBS.

Unsurprisingly, the stateā€™s top Catholic officials praised the move. ā€œWe are grateful for Gov. Fallinā€™s support of religious liberty in Oklahoma. The new law will bring more adoption services to the state and allow crucial faith-based agencies to continue their decades-long tradition of caring for Oklahomaā€™s most vulnerable children,ā€ Oklahoma Archbishop Paul Coakley and Bishop David Konderla said in a statement on social media.


Fallin said the law is similar to one passed in Virginia in 2012.